"ALCOHOL AND THE FAMILY is a very scholarly and up-to-date review of the three major aspects of the relationship of the family to alcoholism: genetics, family processes, and family-oriented treatment. It is particularly relevant since it arrives at a time when there has been a widespread move to exclude the input of many types of professionals from the treatment of alcoholism. Fortunately, family therapists have been historically more welcome in the treatment of substance abusers than most professional disciplines. It is time, however, that the family therapy field had a sound scientific foundation on which to build its critical role in a comprehensive, therapeutic approach towards alcoholics. This book has taken a giant leap forward in that direction." --Edward Kaufman, M.D. From the Foreword.
"This volume contains an excellent collection of high quality papers concerned with alcohol and the family. The three areas selected for critical review--family genetics, family process, and family treatment--represent particularly exciting areas of study within this rapidly developing literature. For both researchers and clinicians, this volume should be enthusiastically received." --Theodore Jacob, Ph.D., University of Arizona
"This book offers an excellent (and essential) resource for those embarking on research on any aspect of alcohol and the family....Although this is not a book that the reader will comfortably curl up with and zoom through (it is far too meaty and requires time to digest and metabolize), the serious scholar, as well as the newcomer to the field, will turn to it over and over again as a guiding source....In short, this very excellent tome summarizes the current state-of-the-art, raises provocative questions for researchers as well as clinicians, and poses important areas for future investigation." --Marsha Vannicelli, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School